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... The Colosseum provided half of that equation.
From the Colosseum we could see some ancient structures with scaffolding. This was protect them from the drilling underneath for the third subway line (C). The line has been under construction for 10 years and is only just in the suburbs of Rome and hasn't begun operations Sarah did not expect to see it completed in her lifetime and she is 34. Every foot the excavation proceeds of course ...
Day started off much earlier than we like, 7.45!! We had booked two tours one to the Vatican and the other to the colosseum. The Vatican tour was very interesting we started off in the museum which houses a lot of major religious works, then to the Sistine chapel. In the chapel the guards yelled for silence I think sometimes they made more noise than the public. We were warned not to take photos in there that we would have our cameras confiscated if ...
... we hadn't seen them before. You guessed it; there were major refurbishments underway and scaffolding over both the towers on either side and the fountain was drained and closed off. To complicate it even further there must have been half the population of Rome sitting on them. We have certainly noticed a huge increase in the number of people throughout our travels compared to our last visit. The Colosseum also had about fifty metres of scaffolding around the highest section. We are ...
... of school I studied Renaissance history, and it was just amazing
to see these places I had read about, seen pictures of, and studied into my
memory, in real life in front of my eyes. Before launching into site seeing
however, we attended the oldest lace school in Venice, in which they
demonstrated the intricacy and time that it takes to make some of the finest
quality lace in the world. After that, we jumped in some gondolas for a
romantic (not ...
... of the vast area of the catacombs, I walked down the narrow walled lane passed the church of 'Quo Vardis'. I had chosen, of all the catacomb complexes you can visit, to explore the most ancient - Callistus. These are highly organised tours. You can't just wander around on your own! You are broken up into language groups and then are guided through only a small part fo the massive catacomb system which lie under peaceful, green fields.
In ancient Rome, if you wanted to ...